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Today's News

  • Early finish saves taxpayers money

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        The 2016 Virginia General Assembly is now adjourned.  It is my belief that this year’s session was one of the most productive and successful in recent memory, not only for the Commonwealth at large, but more important, for our region in particular.

  • Budget provides significant money for public schools

    By Senator Steve Newman

        The 2016 session of the Virginia General Assembly has come to a close, ending one of the most productive sessions, and doing it ahead of schedule.  Legislators completed their work, passing over 800 bills, approving a balanced two-year biennial budget, and electing a new justice to the Supreme Court of Virginia.

  • Reagan’s example lost in today’s GOP

        The recent death of Nancy Reagan brought with it a heavy media concentration on politics and history from the 1980s, reliving the time when her husband was unbeatable at the polls and the Republican Party was a very different institution.
        Nancy, herself, probably set the example for the modern first lady, before Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama. She seldom got involved in policy, as Hillary did, but she was the most important person close to the president.

  • They are going to have to say ‘no’

        I often call the seats the supervisors sit in the hot seats. That’s because they usually must make decisions that will make somebody mad, no matter what they do. This is especially true when the time comes to work out the county’s budget for the year.
        It’s that happy time of the year again and the supervisors are facing the agonizing problem of more requests than they have money to fund. They have $94 million in revenue for the General Fund, but they have $98 million in spending requests.

  • Bench Press Competition

    By Margaret Pascale
    Sports Editor
    Sports@bedfordbulletin.com

        Caylin Tolbert and Kevin Seay won the overall female and male titles at the Bench Press competition this past Saturday, March 12 at the Bedford YMCA.
        The competition had 18 competitors mostly from the local area, but some came from as far away as South Boston.
        The competition was an unsanctioned event, which means little things, such as putting weights on your feet to help hold you down, were allowed.

  • Virginia Hunter Safety Weekend

        It’s safe to say that interest in shooting and firearm-related activities has been on the rise over the last few years. Weekend TV is full of shooting competition coverage or reality hunting shows.
        An increasing number of women are taking classes, purchasing firearms and becoming more prominent in the world of shooting sports and hunting.
        Watching others participate is interesting, but where and how can a novice get the knowledge and skills to start on their own hunting or shooting journey?

  • Girls Soccer Previews

    Liberty girls soccer sets high expectations

  • Forest Lacrosse receives VHSL varsity status

    Girls Lacrosse is looking to make a name for themselves

  • We must help small companies and startups access capital

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Budget approval process has new step

    By Senator Steve Newman

        With just one week remaining before its scheduled March 12 adjournment, this week inside Virginia’s Capitol was characterized by a lot of activity and some long debates on the Senate floor.  In great contrast to the 2010 and 2012 budget sessions, both of which ended in budget standoffs that took weeks to resolve, this year’s session is likely to be remembered most for its efficiency in considering and processing legislation.